In most cases, truck drivers are very good about avoiding accidents. This is understandable considering that they are professional drivers, and it is their job to drive safely. They even receive special licensing in order to guarantee that they are properly prepared to operate the large trucks without causing serious truck accidents. Unfortunately, these accidents still occur all across the country, including in Tennessee, and there are definitely times where the truck or its driver is at fault.
It is important to make the distinction that even if you are not at fault in the accident, it may not be the truck driver's fault either. Many truck drivers do not own the vehicles that they operate, and thus the care of these vehicles may not be adequate, and the driver would have no knowledge of the dangerous state. Of course there are instances where the driver is at fault, sometimes due to inadequate training or negligent driving, but there are also instances where the trucking company that employs the driver is at fault.
If a trucking company does not keep its vehicles in adequate working condition, a malfunction could cause an accident through no fault of the driver. Additionally, trucking companies may cause mistakes on behalf of their drivers in an effort to maximize profits. For example, if a truck driver is given an unreasonable delivery schedule, that driver may speed or drive recklessly in an effort to meet that schedule.
Unfortunately, this information does little to help you avoid a truck accident, as such accidents are oftentimes quick and unexpected. However, it may give you some insight into the legal factors that affect a truck accident so that you can properly be compensated if you are injured in a truck accident. For other questions regarding the legal aspects of trucking accidents, consider speaking with an attorney who is familiar with truck accident cases.